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VMware ESX Essentials in the Virtual Data Center 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1420070279
ISBN-10: 1420070274
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David Marshall is a staff member of the United Nations Human Rights Office.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Auerbach Publications; 1 edition (August 25, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1420070274
  • ISBN-13: 978-1420070279
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.9 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,727,307 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jason G. Boche on December 11, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I just finished reading VMware ESX Essentials in the Virtual Data Center by David Marshall, Stephen S. Beaver, and Jason W. McCarty (ISBN: 978-1420070279). If memory serves me correctly, one of the authors billed this book as the "The 101 things you need to know about VMware ESX". I think that is a fairly accurate description. Translation: This is not your 800 page Advanced Technical Design Guide deep dive, however, it's going to give you most, if not all, of the essentials using no-nonsense straight talk. From an audience perspective, I felt it is a beginner to intermediate level book which talks in moderate detail about each of the integral components of VMware Virtual Infrastructure. Some sections go into more advanced discussion, but not so much to the point that the book will lose the reader's interest or accelerate beyond the intermediate level which I think is important.

It was a good read and I enjoyed it thoroughly. Some chapters were difficult to take a break from reading. It's one of the few books available that cover ESX 3.5 which is the current version. One of the sections I liked is at the very beginning where they discuss the history of virtualization. I picked up quite a bit of background information from this chapter and learned where the real roots of virtualization are. It's hard to believe virtualization as a concept has been in existence for nearly half a century. Another chapter I picked up quite a bit of background knowledge on is the Automating and Extensibility where they talk about the VI SDK, VI Perl Toolkit, VI Toolkit for Windows (Powershell), CIM, etc. I'm not much of a developer and frankly these had been areas I have avoided looking into out of lack of interest.
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Format: Hardcover
I think that this is the first textbook that I've ever read cover to cover. The book is very un-daunting at 216 pages of information (before the Appendices) which certainly helped. The explanations of different aspects of ESX Server are well written, and are described well enough to impart their basic functionality. There are a couple of detailed parts with regards to automated builds and VMware consolidated backup which are useful even for an experienced administrator. However, this book is really not aimed at any advanced VMware administrator or implementer, and is definitely not the best technical reference book out there, and is less than half the size of most of them. I believe that this book is useful for somebody needing a primer of all VMware ESX Server technologies, or somebody like me who wants to go back to basics and is trying to reinforce pre-existing knowledge. I found the discussions of some of the experimental and future features interesting, and it is very clear to me that the authors know exactly what they are talking about. I'm not in any way convinced that this is the defacto book as another customer had stated, but it's clearly a useful and well-written if somewhat basic book on the subject.
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This is the defacto standard book on how to use VMWARE. I have been waiting for a book like this for a long, long time. It's novice enough for noobs, but technical enough for the most seasoned VMWARE pro's. Highly recommended for anyone in a VMWARE shop.
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